About Us

Welcome to our kayaking community! At Sea Kayak Academy, we are passionate about fostering a love for kayaking and equipping individuals with the necessary skills to explore the waters safely and confidently.

With years of experience and a deep understanding of the sport, our team of dedicated kayakers is committed to delivering top-quality kayak training courses and qualifications. We believe kayaking is a recreational activity and an avenue for personal growth and development.

Our approach is centred around the individual, and we strive to create a supportive and inclusive environment for paddlers of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn the basics or an experienced kayaker seeking to enhance your skills, our tailored courses cater to your needs and goals.

Safety is our utmost priority. Our instructors are highly trained and certified, ensuring that you receive expert guidance throughout your kayaking journey. We provide comprehensive training on water safety, rescue techniques, navigation, and proper equipment usage, equipping you with the knowledge and confidence to handle various paddling scenarios.

While certifications are important proficiency benchmarks, we believe in going beyond the paper qualifications. Our primary focus is on cultivating well-rounded paddlers who possess not only technical expertise but also a deep appreciation for the natural environment and a sense of responsibility towards its preservation. We aim to instil a mindset of continuous learning and improvement, fostering a lifelong passion for kayaking.

Join us on this exciting adventure as we navigate the waters together. Whether you’re seeking a thrilling kayaking experience, aiming to connect with like-minded individuals, or simply looking for a new hobby, Sea Kayak Academy is here to guide you every stroke of the way.

Contact us today to start your kayaking journey with a team that is dedicated to your growth, safety, and enjoyment on the water.

History of Sea Kayak Academy

Established in 2012,

Sea Kayak Academy has evolved from humble beginnings as a family-focused kayak tour operator named Kayak King. What began as a venture to provide memorable kayak tours for vacationing families soon grew into something much more significant.

With a strong focus on customer satisfaction and delivering exceptional tours, Kayak King quickly gained a reputation for providing unforgettable adventures. Our commitment to outstanding service and attention to detail led to a consistent stream of positive reviews from our delighted customers. We are proud to say that Kayak King has amassed an impressive collection of consistently stellar ratings and glowing testimonials over the years.

In recognition of our dedication to excellence, Kayak King has been honoured with several prestigious awards in the industry. These accolades serve as a testament to our commitment to providing exceptional experiences and exceptional customer service. We are humbled and grateful for the recognition bestowed upon us, which further motivates us to continue raising the bar in the world of kayaking.

In 2021, Sea Kayak Academy was founded,

As the demand for kayaking experiences expanded, we recognized the need to offer comprehensive training and qualifications to cater to paddlers of all levels. With a passion for empowering individuals and fostering a strong kayaking community, we established the Sea Kayak Academy as an extension of our services.

The Sea Kayak Academy quickly became renowned for its commitment to delivering exceptional training programs and certifications. We believe that education is key to enhancing safety, building confidence, and unlocking the true potential of every kayaker.

To support our training initiatives, we have developed state-of-the-art facilities that cater to the diverse needs of our students. Our training rooms provide a comfortable and conducive environment for theoretical instruction, while our kit washing and drying rooms ensure that equipment remains in optimal condition.

At Sea Kayak Academy, we understand the importance of having access to quality gear. To meet this demand, we have established a well-stocked kayak shop that offers a wide range of equipment, including kayaks, paddles, safety gear, and accessories. Our knowledgeable staff is always on hand to provide expert advice and guidance, ensuring that you find the perfect gear for your kayaking adventures.

Recognizing the allure of the great outdoors, we have also created a campsite for individuals who wish to immerse themselves fully in the kayaking experience. Our campsite provides a serene and picturesque setting, allowing you to connect with nature and build lasting memories with fellow kayakers.

Over the years, Sea Kayak Academy has become synonymous with excellence in kayak training and education. Our team of experienced instructors is dedicated to equipping you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to explore the waters safely and responsibly.

We invite you to join us on this incredible journey, whether you’re a novice paddler seeking to learn the basics or an experienced kayaker looking to refine your technique. Discover the joy of kayaking, forge new connections, and embark on unforgettable adventures with Sea Kayak Academy.

Meet the Team

Ian Jennings - Chief Sea Kayak Coach

Ian Jennings

  • Sea Kayak Coach (Advanced Water) – British Canoeing
  • White Water Coach – British Canoeing

Ian had his first kayaking experience at the age of 9 on a family holiday to Centre Parcs. He enjoyed the experience so much that he then joined a local canoe club.

In his early twenties during a paddle at a local activity centre. Ian had a light bulb moment whilst conversing with one of the activity staff “…you mean you can do this stuff and get paid for it?!?!”. He immediately joined as a volunteer, quickly gaining many outdoor qualifications. Later Ian joined the centre as a member of staff the following season.

Since then Ian’s love for kayaking and the sea has drawn him to spend most of his time out on the water guiding, leading, coaching or just paddling for himself.

Ian has worked all over the UK, New Zealand and Switzerland but feels truly at home whilst paddling the Pembrokeshire coast. With the exception of a few wayward teenage years; Ian has over 25 years of kayaking experience.

Amy Jennings - Sea Kayak Coach

Amy Jennings

  • Sea Kayak Coach – British Canoeing
  • Qualified yoga teacher

Amy’s introduction to kayaking came when she acquired a job at a local kayak shop (despite not knowing the front of a canoe from the back at that point!), surrounded by likeminded people she quickly developed a love of kayaking and spent as much time as possible on the water, widening her product knowledge and progressing her skills.

Once working for the shop Amy immediately began to develop her product knowledge in the most exciting way possible – out on the water.

Since then Amy has kayaked all over the world guiding, leading and coaching groups as far as New Zealand and Switzerland.

 

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Ant Goddard

  • Level 3 Sea Coach
  • Level 4 Inland Coach
  • Kayak Surfer

Sea Kayak Academy owner, builder of websites, builder of buildings, the acquirer of kit, fixer of problems and realiser of dreams…

Water mad and loves sharing the Pembrokeshire coast with people…

These days far more likely running the office for “Kayak-King Pembrokeshire LTD” under which, the Academy operates.

 

Tristan toddler kayaking

Tristan Jennings

  • Level 10 Fun Coach
  • Advanced Duplo Engineer
  • Legend 

Son of Amy and Ian, this cheeky little ball of energy spends most of his time outside enjoying the world around him. He often appears on the website and on our social media pages.

 

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Offering Memorable Sea Kayaking courses by Qualified Coaches.

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High-end Kayak Coaches

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Low group to coach ratios

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Access to the Pembrokeshire Coast

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Dedicated training room

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Onsite cottage accommodation

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Onsite Campsite

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Equipment Included

Our Affiliates

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Established in 1936, British Canoeing is the National Governing Body for paddlesport in the United Kingdom. British Canoeing has distinguished qualifications that are recognized all over the world.

The Pembrokeshire Marine Code protects the amazing marine flora and fauna for which our area is renowned.

Here at the Academy we strictly adhere to these voluntary codes and access restrictions to help preserve the splendour for future generations.